Nuno Claro

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Full nameNuno Claro Simões Coimbra
Date of birth (1977-01-07) 7 January 1977 (age 42)
Place of birth Tondela, Portugal
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1988–1994 Viseu Benfica
1994–1995 Académico Viseu
Senior career*
1995–1997 Académico Viseu 0 (0)
1997–1999 Fafe 30 (0)
1999–2000 Paços Ferreira 1 (0)
2000–2001 Trofense 12 (0)
2001–2003 Gondomar 57 (0)
2003–2006 Moreirense 28 (0)
2006 Nelas 10 (0)
2007 Paços Ferreira 0 (0)
2007–2013 CFR Cluj 77 (0)
2013–2014 Poli Timișoara 30 (0)
2014–2016 Inter Olt Slatina 21 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Nuno Claro Simões Coimbra (born 7 January 1977), known as Claro, is a Portuguese former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

Association football Team field sport

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.

Goalkeeper (association football) Position in association football

The goalkeeper, often shortened to keeper or goalie, is one of the major positions of association football. It is the most specialised position in the sport. The goalkeeper's primary role is to prevent the opposing team from scoring. This is accomplished by the goalkeeper moving into the path of the ball and either catching it or directing it away from the vicinity of the goal line. Within the penalty area goalkeepers are able to use their hands, making them the only players on the field permitted to handle the ball. The special status of goalkeepers is indicated by them wearing different coloured kits from their teammates.


Club career

Claro was born in Tondela, Viseu District. During his Portuguese career he played almost always in the lower leagues (second division or lower), starting out at local club Académico de Viseu FC. His Primeira Liga input consisted of 13 games with Moreirense F.C. from 2003 to 2005, and in January 2007 he signed with F.C. Paços de Ferreira from lowly S.L. Nelas, but could only be third-choice, being released after a few months.

Tondela Municipality in Centro, Portugal

Tondela is a municipality in the central Portuguese subregion of Dão-Lafões. The population in 2011 was 28,946, in an area of 371.22 km².

Viseu District District of Portugal

The District of Viseu is located in the Central Inland of Portugal, the District Capital is the city of Viseu. It is the only district of Portugal which does not border Spain or the sea.

Primeira Liga top division in Portuguese football

The Primeira Liga, also known as Liga NOS for sponsorship reasons, is the top professional association football division of the Portuguese football league system. It is organised and supervised by the Liga Portuguesa de Futebol Profissional, also known as Liga Portugal. As of the 2014–15 season, the Primeira Liga is contested by 18 teams, with the two lowest placed teams relegated to the LigaPro and replaced by the top-two non-reserve teams from this division, except in the 2018–19 season in which the three lowest placed teams were relegated to the LigaPro due to the integration in the Primeira Liga of Gil Vicente in the following season. The Portuguese Football Federation appealed to proceed with this integration as soon as possible.

Claro transferred to CFR Cluj of Romania in the summer of 2007, joining a host of compatriots and winning the Liga I title in his debut season, contributing with 15 matches. From 2009 to 2011 he amassed the bulk of his appearances (48), winning another national championship in the former campaign; he was released in June 2013 at the age of 36, but continued to compete in the country, first with ACS Poli Timișoara.

CFR Cluj association football club in Romania

Fotbal Club CFR 1907 Cluj, commonly known as CFR Cluj, is a Romanian professional football club based in the city of Cluj-Napoca, Cluj County. It was founded in 1907, when Transylvania was part of Austria-Hungary, and the current name "CFR" is the acronym for Căile Ferate Române.

Romania Sovereign state in Europe

Romania is a country located at the crossroads of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe. It borders the Black Sea to the southeast, Bulgaria to the south, Ukraine to the north, Hungary to the west, Serbia to the southwest, and Moldova to the east. It has a predominantly temperate-continental climate. With a total area of 238,397 square kilometers, Romania is the 12th largest country and also the 7th most populous member state of the European Union, having almost 20 million inhabitants. Its capital and largest city is Bucharest, and other major urban areas include Cluj-Napoca, Timișoara, Iași, Constanța, Craiova, Brașov, and Galați.

Liga I association football league in Romania

The Liga I, also spelled Liga 1, is a Romanian professional league for men's association football clubs. It is currently sponsored by betting company Casa Pariurilor, and thus officially known as the Casa Liga 1. At the top of the Romanian football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. Contested by 14 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with Liga II. The teams play 26 matches each in the regular season, and then enter the championship play-off or the relegation play-out according to their position in the regular season.


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